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May News Roundup

Along with the first glimpse of summer weather, May was a busy month as the Flatiron District garnered media attention highlighting new businesses, including restaurants and bars, as well as exciting real estate transactions. Stay up to date with the latest Flatiron District News with the BID’s monthly roundup of notable highlights. 
 
  • This month was filled with new businesses openings including two at the Freehand Hotel. Located on the 18th floor, Broken Shaker is a rooftop paradise offering Caribbean-Middle Eastern fare and tropical drinks, including those made specifically for New York City (via Eater NY). Located on the ground floor of the Freehand, Smile To Go is an all-day café serving healthy, flavorful Mediterranean fare specializing in to-go options, but its inviting set-up will tempt visitors into staying (via Kaylor Girl Promotions). The George Washington Bar, a library turned cocktail bar, was deemed a bar to “light your fire in New York City” (via Hoodline) and received a shoutout as one of New York’s best hotel bars (via Meetings & Conventions).
  • Several other businesses in the district made their debut in May, or have announced plans to move into the neighborhood. Zucker’s Bagels & Smoked Fish opened the doors of its Flatiron location by dishing out 1,000 free sandwiches during its first 10 days (via Just Opened). A new taco bar, Flats Fix, offers five types of tacos and a sought-after daily happy hour (via Eyewitness News 7). Momofuku's casual chicken concept, Fuku, is slated to move to the area and is touted to offer one of the best fried chicken sandwiches in the city (via Gothamist). Chicken sandwich lovers can also rejoice as Chick-fil-A announced a Flatiron location at 700 Sixth Avenue (via Biz Journals). Blue Bottle Coffee, a cafe with responsibly sourced beans, is set to perk up the Flatiron neighborhood later this summer (via Rew Online). 
  • Eisenberg’s Sandwich Shop, a Flatiron staple for 90 years, was sold to new owners who promise to maintain the integrity of the old-school lunch counter's aesthetic and food (via Town & Village). Cosme landed a spot on a list ranking the 31 best Mexican restaurants in the country (via Patch News). Restaurants across the city, including Cosme and popular Indian eatery Inday, are no longer offering plastic straws due to their negative environmental impact (via New York Times). Le Coq Rico, the French bistro specializing in all things birds, was featured in an Eater NY episode (via Viewing NYC). The ping-pong gym that feels more like a club, SPiN, expanded its original Flatiron location with an Austin, Texas outpost this month (via My Statesman). Cookware store Whisk also expanded with a new, larger location on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn (via The Bridge). Lego was deemed one of the best and biggest children's toy stores in the city, and the Lego Flatiron location is the first in the U.S. to convert any image into custom made lego sets (via The Brick Show).  
  • The MTA confirmed that the 28th Street 6 train station and 23rd Street F/M station will be closed for renovation for five months from July to December (via Town & Village). Crayola sponsored a celebratory event on the Flatiron North Public Plaza for National Teacher Appreciation Day (via Metro News). 

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